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Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Scan through any social media app, and you’ll see pictures of vacations, family reunions, and other typical, everyday events. However, there is also a chance you’ll encounter pictures of people posing with animals they’ve killed, animals they’ve hurt, or simply images glorifying violence against animals.

Despite websites having rules against “violence,” users are constantly confronted with violence and gore from other users. Being barraged with animals being skinned, beaten, or mutilated only serves to desensitize younger generations, and portray these acts as “normal.”

Most distressingly, there have been numerous examples of illegal hunting or severe animal abuse posted to Instagram. These images are treated the same way pictures from a child’s birthday party are treated, leading to them being celebrated and passed around with no repercussions. Even when arrests have been made over illegal hunting or animal abuse, the images are still allowed to be on the site!

Instagram has a very clear policy on what is appropriate to post; “You may not post violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos or other content via the Service.”

The countless bloody and gory images of slaughtered animals are in obvious violation of that rule, and Instagram should hold all users to that standard. Violence against animals is still violence!

Help us call on Instagram CEO Keven Systrom to enforce their policy about violent images, and prevent the posting of animal abuse and slaughter!

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Dear Keven Systrom,

The cultural impact of Instagram can’t be overstated. With close to 500 million monthly users, your company has a massive impact on our culture and on how people view the world around them. The images featured on Instagram make waves across the globe, for good or bad.

Instagram has always had a comprehensive terms of service agreement for users, but unfortunately, the enforcement of those policies is severely and painfully lacking. Despite the rules against posting “violent” content, users are inundated with graphic depictions of animal abuse and animal cruelty daily. From hunters skinning their prey on camera, to neighborhood kids posing with animals they beat to death, the “violence” you rally against in humans is on proud display across your site.

Allowing these types of images simply normalizes the behavior, and states that violence against animals in any capacity is absolutely fine. Your refusal to enforce your policies is a ringing endorsement for animal abuse across the world.

Please help end the violent depictions of animals abuse and cruelty on Instagram, and stand with other social media companies in helping to stamp out this celebration of abuse.


Petition Signatures

May 20, 2018 Patricia Nielsen
May 20, 2018 Cathy Fuller I understand invokes people to sign petitions and end needless animal suffering and Killing , but it's also upsetting to see and can influence young people to harm animals
May 20, 2018 Elba Bond
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Chinanan Khurasee
May 19, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Lauren Berger
May 19, 2018 Roberta R Czarnecki
May 19, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
May 19, 2018 Sabrina Zilske
May 19, 2018 Chemane Krasner
May 19, 2018 Mariya Markova
May 19, 2018 pam f
May 19, 2018 Jennifer Harris
May 19, 2018 Ankita Jain Gupta
May 19, 2018 Darlene Saunders
May 18, 2018 Claudia Frosch
May 18, 2018 Julie Wild
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 wendy detsch
May 18, 2018 Margery Hughes
May 18, 2018 Becky Fisher
May 18, 2018 Elizabeth Cumberbatch
May 18, 2018 Sally Madigan
May 18, 2018 Wayne Brummer
May 18, 2018 Betty Delman
May 18, 2018 Kim Korellis
May 18, 2018 Beth Knutson
May 18, 2018 sylvia sutherland
May 18, 2018 Wendy Chrisman
May 18, 2018 Mona Boggio
May 18, 2018 Lynn Walker
May 18, 2018 Priscilla Tine'
May 18, 2018 Melvin Michael
May 18, 2018 Linda Albright
May 18, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 Cheryle Blankenship
May 17, 2018 Megan Burkholder
May 17, 2018 Cristina Carvalho
May 17, 2018 Kim Johnson
May 16, 2018 Linda York This needs to stop now!!
May 16, 2018 Penny Duke
May 16, 2018 Kay Schwarz
May 16, 2018 Susan Prince
May 16, 2018 Viktoriya Chukhnina
May 16, 2018 Jackie Winder
May 16, 2018 Kiantha Shadduck
May 15, 2018 Ruth Sheffi
May 15, 2018 Sheryl Benning

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